PGA TOUR 2021, CJ Cup @ Summit, The Summit Club, Las Vegas: 14-17 Oct, Day One
Robert Streb's 61 to lead; recharged Cam Smith 66, T5
Cameron Smith has hit the ground running in his opening round of the US PGA Tour season, firing a six-under-par at the CJ Cup in Las Vegas.
The Australian No.1 reeled off seven birdies, with his only blemish coming at the par-4 17th hole. Smith was safely in the clubhouse sharing fourth spot, five shots behind early leader Robert Streb.
Streb produced a spectacular 11-under round of 61 to open up a three-stroke lead over fellow American Keith Mitchell, with countryman Hudson Swafford a further shot back at seven under. Read more
It’s never a good sign when you’re forced to look to your caddie for another ball, which is a fate that befell Shane Lowry not once but twice in his opening round of the megabucks, limited field CJ Cup tournament at The Summit in Las Vegas in asking bagman Bo Martin to dip into his Srixon tour bag for extra supplies.
For Lowry, it proved to be an opening round with little or no luck; yet, as if to remind us that golf is a sport full of surprises, American Robert Streb – ranked 141th in the world and without even a top-10 finish since he lifted the RSM Classic, his second PGA Tour title, last November – somehow conjured up a magical round of 61. Read more
The Course: The Summit Club, par 72, 7,431 yards. Designed by Tom Fazio, the layout is nestled between the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and the Las Vegas Strip. Golfers get an unobstructed view of the Strip from the tee on No. 6 Read more
Aussies in the Field: Cam Smith, Marc Leishman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Cam Davis, Matt Jones